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Vermont Turkey Brood Survey Starts July 1

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is asking for help with monitoring wild turkeys. 

Since 2007, the department has run an annual online survey in August for reporting turkey broods.  Beginning in 2021, the survey was expanded to include July.  The use of citizen scientists in this way facilitates the department’s ability to collect important turkey population and productivity data from all corners of the state.

If you see a flock of turkeys in Vermont during July and August, the department asks you to go to the turkey brood survey on its website ( and report your observations, including where and when you observed the turkeys with the number of adult and young turkeys you observed.  The value of the data collected improves when more people participate.

“Information gathered from this survey helps us monitor long-term trends in the productivity of Vermont’s wild turkey population,” said Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s turkey biologist Chris Bernier.  “It also helps us assess the impacts of spring weather on the survival of poults and adult turkeys which is an important consideration in the management of turkeys.”

“We monitor and manage wild turkey numbers annually in order to maintain a healthy, abundant and sustainable population of these iconic and ecologically significant birds throughout the state,” added Bernier. 

“Please help us scientifically manage the turkey population by reporting your Vermont turkey sightings during July and August.”